On June 22,
The World Heath Organization (WHO) released the COVID-19 weekly Epidemiological update.
The variant Alpha has been reported in 170 countries, Gamma in 71 countries, territories or areas, Beta in 119 countries, Gamma in 71 countries and Delta in 85 countries.
“Delta, now reported in 85 countries globally, continues to be reported in new countries across all WHO Regions, 11 of which were newly reported in the past two weeks,”
The variant may increase the risk of hospitalization with COVID-19 although that has not been proved and vaccines seen to have retained their protection against severe disease.